Public Art Category


From earth art and eco-art to land art and healing projects, there are many forms that fit under this heading. Artists utilize natural materials and recycled junk or engage in infrastructure projects and system-based work.

July 26, 2016

A Natural High

Unused elevated train tracks in Queens could turn into the Wild Line

If a Queens, NY, architectural firm and a Brooklyn rooftop-farm builder get their way, a derelict Long Island Railway (LIRR) spur in Long Island City, Queens, will become the Wild Line—a nature sanctuary that’s a shorter, greener, wilder version of Manhattan’s popular High Line. According to a proposal put forward earlier this year by BanG … Read More

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May 13, 2016

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: Architecture as Resource

Muck Petzet and Florian Heilmeyer, eds.

An alternative guide for architects, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle posits reinterpreting waste materials as precious resources. Via German-based project examples, the publication suggests valuing existing architecture for development. Topics include the overall energy lifecycle of buildings, as well as the cultural and social importance of preexisting architecture. Rather than building anew, the editors view regeneration and conversion … Read More

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May 9, 2016

Taking Sustainable Cities Seriously: Economic Development, the Environment, and Quality of Life in American Cities

Kent E. Portney

In this information-packed second edition, Portney compares sustainability initiatives across small, medium, and large American cities, examines the various issues involved with management and implementation, and discusses new directions for cities to take in pursuit of sustainability. Click here to purchase.

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May 2, 2016

Green Architecture Now! Vol. 2

Philip Jodidio

From Seoul to Berlin, from Los Angeles to Hanoi, sustainability is the hot ticket in architecture. Exploring the why, how and where, this publication tours the globe for locations where stylish structures designed with the planet in mind are both trendy and necessary. A worthwhile survey of a topic in everyone’s best interest: building a … Read More

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April 27, 2016

The Tao of Urban Rejuvenation: Building a Livable Creative Urban Village

Weiming Lu

In The Tao of Urban Rejuvenation, storied urban planner Weiming Lu showcases his revitalization and redevelopment work in St. Paul, Minnesota. He also contemplates the most important elements in any urban rejuvenation program for any city looking to transform its neighborhoods. Click here to purchase.

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April 15, 2016

James Turrell: A Retrospective

Michael Govan and Christine Y. Kim

Published in conjunction with a retrospective exhibition of Turrell’s work, this monograph contains essays, an artist interview, and specially commissioned photographs. Readers are enlightened with the inspirations spanning the artist’s career—including his experience with aviation, science, and psychology—and can explore an in-depth feature on Roden Crater, a site-specific intervention on an extinct volcano near Flagstaff, … Read More

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March 28, 2016

Seeing the Forest and the Trees

A natural “installation” uses public art to raise awareness of deforestation

When conceptual and environmental artist Konstantin Dimopoulos moved to Melbourne, Australia, from New Zealand, he was struck by the abundance of trees in his new surroundings. With a population of 4.25 million, Melbourne boasts 70,000 trees, which cover 20 percent of the city—and city planners hope to increase that ratio to 40 percent. Besides being … Read More

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March 14, 2016

“Orit Haj”

Artists: Didier Hess

Orit Haj, a site-specific artwork at Vasquez Rocks in Acton-Agua Dulce, California, pays tribute to the earliest inhabitants of the Santa Clarita Valley—the Tataviam tribe. Created by artistic duo Didier Hess, the piece is a solid earthen structure made of a mixture of soil and cement; it is designed to slowly erode over the course … Read More

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February 10, 2016

A Water Park for the Art Tourist

Jason deCaires Taylor unveils his final additions to underwater sculpture park, MUSA (Museo Subacuático de Arte)

Mexico (2013)— Jason deCaires Taylor  revealed his final sculptures for MUSA (Museo Subacuático de Arte), a long-term project devoted to diverting underwater tourist traffic away from delicate coral reefs. Designed as a tour of Mexico’s Punta Nizuc reef system in the waters of Cancún, his contributions now total 510 permanent sculptures made from live transplanted … Read More

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January 8, 2016

“Duwamish Revealed”

Artworks and programs center on Seattle's only river

Seattle, Wash. – Duwamish Revealed, “a creative celebration of Seattle’s only river,” presented a series of installations, performances, and community events from June 1 to September 30, 2015. Artistic directors Nicole Kistler and Sarah Kavage, who brought The Living Barge Project to the Duwamish in 2006, partnered with the Environmental Coalition of South Seattle (ECOSS) … Read More

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December 21, 2015

“Gazing Globes”

Artist: Paula Hayes

New York, N.Y. – For Gazing Globes, her first outdoor sculpture exhibition in New York, Paula Hayes recycled contemporary technological and industrial scrap material into a series of fantastical miniature landscapes housed within 18 transparent spheres on fiberglass pedestals. Like freshly fallen snow, dust made from pulverized CDs coated the multicolored metals and plastics of … Read More

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December 18, 2015

Boston’s Isles Arts Initiative

Summer series celebrates Harbor Islands

Boston, Mass. – From July 11 – August 26, 2015, the Isles Arts Initiative animated the Boston Harbor Islands with a series of site-specific installations and performances. Aimed to raise awareness of the intrinsic value of the islands, the public art series paired art interventions with inventive performances and a responsive gallery show. The Boston … Read More

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